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Robert Siegel, Michele Norris, Melissa Block
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Since its debut in 1971, All Things Considered has delivered in-depth reporting and transformed the way listeners understand current events and view the world. Every weekday, hosts Melissa Block, Michele Norris, and Robert Siegel present two hours of breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special -- sometimes quirky -- features. Guy Raz hosts a one-hour edition of the program on Saturday and Sunday.

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3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Europe

Cameron Defends Integrity Before British Parliament

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to defend his integrity Wednesday as Parliament debated the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World. The opposition wanted to know why Cameron had hired a former editor at the newspaper as his media adviser — a man who left the paper because of the scandal and who has since been arrested by police. Cameron defended his decision and refused to apologize amid rowdy scenes in the House of Commons.

3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Sports

Will The Pirates' Strong Season Last?

Robert Siegel talks with Jerry Micco who is assistant managing editor for sports at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. They discuss the Pirates, who are currently in first place in their division. Micco, a Pittsburgh native, talks about why this season is so different from previous ones.

3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Around the Nation

As New York Heats Up, Workers Try To Stay Cool

New York City is suffering through the first official heat wave of the year. And it's a doozy, with temperatures expected to flirt with 100 degrees by the end of the week. Many on the job at Coney Island are trying to stay cool.

3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Commentary

A Not-So-Enjoyable Biography

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Commentator Andrei Codrescu has been reading some biographies this summer and he is not happy.

Mr. ANDREI CODRESCU (Author, "Whatever Gets You through the Night"): I picked up a biography of Kay Boyle by Joan Mellen. I met Kay in San Francisco in the '70s, a formidable grand dame with her regal presence and a radical temperament.

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3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Around the Nation

How Can We Keep Older People Safe In The Heat?

Michele Norris speaks with Kim Kristensen, a nurse at Independent Living in Madison, Wis., about looking after the elderly in the heat. In the Midwest, a "heat dome" has settled over the area. It started three days ago and is slowly moving eastward.

3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Politics

A Look At Rep. Bachmann

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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

Michele Bachmann is feeling both the glow and the heat of the national spotlight this week. The GOP candidate is surging in national polls, gaining on frontrunner Mitt Romney. But that good news has been overshadowed to some degree by a series of reports about chronic migraine attacks that are so severe that they have lead to hospitalization.

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7:00am

Wed July 20, 2011
Three Books...

Against All Odds: 3 Triumphant Tales Of Survival

Quintanilla iStockphoto.com

All of the survival challenges I've been faced with so far in my life were about on the level of the time I locked myself in my basement without a cellphone. I'm not a danger-seeker, and I've always been a little suspicious of people who are. But those forced to struggle for their very survival — due to the cruelty of others, or freak weather, or strange twists of fate — earn my unqualified awe, an awe that multiplies exponentially when the people thus tested are teenagers or even mere children. Here are three electrifying stories of very young people surviving very bad things.

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4:26pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Music News

Footmen, Mansions And Jazz: The Life Of 'Nica'

The Baroness and Thelonious Monk.
Ben Martin Getty Images

She was married to a baron, flew airplanes and fought for the French Resistance in North Africa. She smoked cigarettes from a holder, drove a Rolls Royce and sipped Chivas from a silver flask. And, for the last three decades of her life, she dedicated herself to helping jazz musicians.

Known as "The Jazz Baroness," she was a patron to the likes of Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey. Charlie Parker died in her hotel room. Now, a new biography called Nica's Dream tells the story of Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter.

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4:19pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Planet Money

Requiem For Pork Bellies

Pork bellies: The endgame.
Robert Smith NPR

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange ended trading in pork-belly futures last Friday.

When I heard the news, I dialed up the Merc's meat pit, and Brian Muno answered the phone. He's worked in the trading pit since 1975. And his father had been working there when the pork belly futures contract was invented, in the early sixties.

Muno had no sentimentality for the end of the pork-belly contract. A pragmatist by trade, he explained that the contract had far outlived its due.

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4:00pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Monkey See

DVD Picks: 'Boyz N The Hood'

Ice Cube's first-ever acting role was as troublemaker Doughboy in Boyz N The Hood. Bob Mondello says the film portrayed a side of L.A. that mainstream Hollywood was too afraid to show.
Sony Pictures

Time now for movie critic Bob Mondello to suggest something for viewing at home, rather than the multiplex. This week, the 20th anniversary release of a film that jump-started a lot of careers: Boyz N The Hood.

South Central L.A. On the map, so close to Hollywood. But in 1991, it might as well have been on the moon as far as movie studios were concerned.

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3:00pm

Mon July 18, 2011
NPR Story

Lawmakers Continue To Wrangle Over Debt Limit

The Obama administration Monday threatened to veto a Republican bill that would sharply reduce federal spending, both now and in the future. The Republican-controlled House is expected to vote on the measure Tuesday. Lawmakers and the president are also wrangling over how to increase the federal debt limit, so the government can keep paying its bills. President Obama met privately Sunday with the top House Republicans John Boehner and Eric Cantor.

3:00pm

Mon July 18, 2011
NPR Story

Cordray Nominated To Lead Watchdog Agency

President Obama Monday nominated former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to be the first director of the federal Consumer Protection Bureau. The bureau's architect is Elizabeth Warren, who was favored for the post by the left — but she's a lightening rod for the right. While the president ducked that fight with the GOP, it's far from clear that Cordray can win confirmation.

3:00pm

Mon July 18, 2011
NPR Story

'News of the World' Whistleblower Reported Dead

The phone-hacking scandal in Britain took a tragic turn Monday with news of the death of a former reporter at the News of the World. News reports say Sean Hoare, was found dead at his home north of London. The police say there seem to be no suspicious circumstances. Hoare had alleged that his editor at the newspaper instructed him to tap into people's phones. The editor, who later worked as press adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, denies the allegation. NPR's Philip Reeves joins Michele Norris from London.

3:00pm

Mon July 18, 2011
Media

A Look At The Relationship Between Britain's Police And Press

Britain's phone-hacking scandal has put the spotlight on the relationship between News Corp. and the police. London's two top police officers have resigned amid the scandal.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

Two top British police officials have resigned amid the News Corp. hacking scandal, throwing the problematic relationship between the media giant and the police into sharp relief.

British Home Secretary Teresa May told Parliament on Monday that both Paul Stephenson, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, and Assistant Commissioner John Yates had resigned. The Metropolitan Police is commonly known as Scotland Yard.

A Two-Fold Scandal

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3:00pm

Mon July 18, 2011
Media

Carr Discusses Corporate Culture At Murdoch's News Corp

Robert Siegel talks with New York Times business columnist David Carr about News America Marketing, an arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp empire. Carr reports that News America is an in-store and newspaper insert marketing business that News Corp has paid more than $650 million in settlements to make corporate espionage and other allegations for the company disappear.

3:00pm

Mon July 18, 2011
Around the Nation

Calif. Public Schools To Teach Gay History

Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that would require public schools to teach gay history. For more, Robert Siegel talks to state Sen. Mark Leno, who authored the legislation.

7:00am

Mon July 18, 2011
You Must Read This

Immerse Yourself In An Innocent, Ill-Fated Love

Originally published on Mon August 29, 2011 7:38 pm

In 1995, when I was a sophomore in high school, an older, popular boy came out of the closet. He was taunted daily until he dropped out. I never saw him again.

Months later, a decidedly unpopular, more flamboyant boy was beaten in the schoolyard. I remember escorting him to the nurse's office. I remember the look of disgust on the nurse's face; I don't know whether this disgust was directed at the act of savagery, or at the bleeding boy himself, and his arm around my shoulder. I also remember thinking that soon it would be my turn, and sure enough it was.

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4:59pm

Sun July 17, 2011
Religion

How Bible Stories Evolved Over The Centuries

A scholar at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary examines early Greek manuscripts of the New Testament.
Bill Warren Center for New Testament Textual Studies

Many Christians believe that the words of the New Testament are set in stone. But scholars at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary are chronicling just how much those words have evolved over time.

For 11 years, they've combed through the earliest Greek manuscripts of each book in the New Testament and found more than 17,000 pages of variations. Their ultimate goal: the world's first comprehensive, searchable online database showing how the New Testament has changed.

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3:00pm

Sun July 17, 2011
History

Through The Static, The Voice Of History

This battered tin cylinder record was found in the 1960s in a desk belonging to Thomas Edison's secretary. But no one could play it until recently.
National Park Service

The voice on the little antique cylinder record is tinny, scratchy, barely audible through storms of static. But if you listen closely, you can just hear a young woman reciting a nursery rhyme: "Twinkle, twinkle, little star."

This is the oldest known commercial recording. Made by Thomas Edison late in 1888, it's a prototype for a line of talking dolls Edison hoped to bring to market. But no one had been able to play the little cylinder in decades.

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3:00pm

Sun July 17, 2011
Sports

Japan Defeats U.S. In Women's World Cup Final

Japan became the first Asian nation to win the Women's World Cup on Sunday, beating the United States in a penalty shootout after both sides were level at 2-2 after extra time. The Japanese denied the U.S. team the chance to become the first nation to lift the cup three times.

3:00pm

Sun July 17, 2011
Europe

Murdoch Aide Arrested In Hacking Scandal

The former editor of Rupert Murdoch's tabloid "News of the World" was arrested Sunday in connection with the phone hacking scandal. Also Sunday, London's top police official resigned over the scandal. Andy McSmith, a senior writer at Britain's Independent newspaper, offers his insight.

4:51pm

Sat July 16, 2011
Race

New Finds For The African American Museum

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:39 am

Watercolor, Portuguese Slaver Diligenté, 1838.
Courtesy Lonnie Bunch

There's a new museum going up in Washington, D.C., and although its doors won't open until 2015, every few months here on weekends on All Things Considered, we get an early peek at the collection that's taking shape.

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture will stand just a few hundred feet from the Washington Monument, making it the newest museum on the National Mall.

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2:57pm

Sat July 16, 2011
Music Interviews

Seun Kuti Channels His Father's Political 'Fury'

From Africa with Fury: Rise is Seun Kuti's latest album with his father Fela's band, Egypt 80.
Kelechi Amadiobi Courtesy of the artist

When Fela Kuti died in 1997, his band, Egypt 80, fell into the hands of his 14-year old son, Seun. Now 28, Seun Kuti still tours and records with his father's old bandmates, and has just released an album with them entitled From Africa With Fury: Rise.

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4:39pm

Fri July 15, 2011
NPR Story

Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton Resigns

Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton has resigned. He is the latest casualty of the phone hacking and police bribe scandal that has engulfed parent company News Corp. For more, Michele Norris talks to NPR's David Folkenflik.

4:00pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Music Interviews

Battles: Still Plenty Loud As An Army Of Three

Battles' second album, Gloss Drop, is its first as a trio. Left to right: Ian Cohen (guitar, keyboards), John Stanier (drums), Dave Konopka (bass, guitar, effects).
Courtesy of the artist

"We are a rock band, believe it or not," John Stanier says.

The drummer of the New York trio Battles maintains that even though its music is densely layered, digitally processed and often lacking traditional song structure, the tools behind it are nothing special.

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3:00pm

Fri July 15, 2011
NPR Story

Pella CEO Calls On Lawmakers To Raise Debt Ceiling

Robert Siegel talks with Patrick Meyer, president and CEO of Pella Windows and Doors. He's one of hundreds of business heads who signed a letter to President Obama and members of Congress, urging them to raise the debt ceiling.

3:00pm

Fri July 15, 2011
NPR Story

In Debt Ceiling Talks, Cantor Moves Into The Spotlight

Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has had a front row seat at the discussions and wrangling over whether to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. Michele Norris speaks with Jeff Schapiro, political reporter and columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, for a look at the Virginia lawmaker who is making his presence felt in the Republican Party and on the Hill.

3:00pm

Fri July 15, 2011
NPR Story

Letters: Immigration; AM Radio

Robert Siegel and Michele Norris read letters from listeners.

3:00pm

Fri July 15, 2011
NPR Story

In Syria, Opposition Stages Massive Protests

There were massive opposition protests in towns and cities across Syria Friday, despite an ongoing government crackdown that left at least 19 protesters dead. Hundreds of thousands marched in cities like Deraa, Hama and Homs — all three have been major hubs of the protest movement. But there were also protests and violence in Damascus Friday. The Syrian capital has been comparatively quiet until now.

3:00pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Politics

Obama Pressures Lawmakers To OK Deficit Deal

President Obama held his second news conference in five days in hopes of pressuring lawmakers to OK a large-scale deficit-cutting deal. But Republican members of Congress aren't budging on the issue of taxes.

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